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The Dream Of Gerontius [DVD] [2011]

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  • Format: Classical, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Italian, English, German, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: CLASSICAL
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Jun. 2006
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FIHFDM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 71,080 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Edward Elgar's choral masterpiece, telling the story of an ordinary man at the point of death and facing his judgement before God. This performance was broadcast from St Paul's Cathedral in London, as part of the celebrations for the Cathedral's 300th Anniversary on November 26, 1997.

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I first heard this oratorio in 1959 in an obscure corner of Gloucester cathedral during the Three Choirs Festival. I was able to see nothing, but I bought the score so was able to follow it pretty well. In 1961 I sang with the Hereford choir at that year's festival. It was a great honour to be with the three choirs who knew it so well. Sadly, I didn't; and I don't recall a rehearsal, though I suppose there might have been a run-through.

I owned the Barbirolli version on LP for many years and now own it and the Britten versions on CD.

On DVD the St Paul's Cathedral version under Andrew Davis is undoubtedly the best of the three versions, and I recommend it it unreservedly. Philip Langridge as Gerontius is brilliant. Alistair Miles startlingly powerful, and Catherine Wyn Rogers superb. Andrew Davis also puts his heart and soul into it, and I don't know how his hair stays pretty much in place. The choir is well-rehearsed (unlike me!) and sings with perfection.

The Penguin guide gives it a rosette and I am glad I followed that recommendation.

A minor gripe. I had to turn the volume right up. Fortunately my machine could take it at that level without distortion. My neighbours have not complained.
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This is a great treasure. The performance is as good as you can imagine, the production values (St Paul's Cathedral) are stunning, and the music is so well served. The Gerontius is the late Philip Langridge, who 'did' anguish so well; but the great moment is at the end of Part I when the sonorous bass Alastair Miles emerges from the Choir with the Proficiscere. Andrew Davis, a fine Elgarian, conducts authoritatively and sensitively.

Very strongly recommended.
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In just a few words, this performance will make you cry. It is that good..
The Dream of Gerontius is possibly one of the great choral works ever written....
There are many reviews on cd's but to see this on dvd is excellent......
I would recommend to buy this before it gets deleted...
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All lovers of this towering masterpiece by Elgar must buy this thrilling and deeply moving d.v.d.It is a fitting memorial to Philip Langridge as his portraial of Gerontius moved me to tears---some achievement as i am a firm atheist!Andrew Davis shows why he is a superlative Elgarian and the B.B.C. choir and orchestra were at the top of their game.Alastair Miles and Catherine Wyn Rogers were also outstanding soloists.The sensitive use of the magnificant interior of St Pauls by the camera team was awe inspiring and added greatly to the overall achievement.R.i.p Philip Langridge and thank you.
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